The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), in Geesthacht, near Hamburg, and in Teltow, near Berlin, conducts materials and coastal research. For further information please refer to:
HZG is one of the 19 national institutions of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres e.V. (HGF). Around 1,000 employees carry out basic research and development work in close cooperation with national and international research institutions, research-oriented clinics and economic and public institutions.
At the Institute of Biomaterial Science some 100 scientists research multi-functional, polymer-based biomaterials for applications in regenerative medicine. Their implants and active agent delivery systems provide customised properties and functions to restore impaired body functions.
PostDoc (m/f /d) Combinatorial Polymer Chemistry
Reference code: 50027159_2 – 2020/B 21
Commencement date: as soon as possible for 2 years
The Institute of Biomaterial Science in Teltow of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht invites applications for a Postdoc (m/f/d)– Polymer Chemistry with a focus on the synthesis of (co) polymer libraries by robot assisted instrumental setups. This is initially a 2-years fixed term contract with the potential of continuation depending on applicant’s performance. The place of employment is Teltow (near Berlin, Germany).
Within this project copolymer libraries shall be built a starting point for polymer databases. You are responsible for the design, synthesis and characterization of co-oligomers and copolymers applying various polymerization techniques in an automated setup. Within the project, you will use high-throughput characterization methods. The targeted (co)polymers comprise especially copolyester may include actively moving polymers, colloids, and self-organizing and self-assembling systems. You have the opportunity to actively participate in the publication of the results, preparation of patents, and in attracting additional funding.
You have a PhD in organic chemistry, macromolecular sciences, chemical or polymer engineering, and a strong background in polymer synthesis and characterization. You have already gained experience in design, synthesis and characterization of degradable polymeric biomaterials as documented by a significant number of scientific publications. Additional knowledge in robotic synthesis is highly welcome; knowledge in computer programming languages is an asset. You are eager to collaborate with specialists on polymer analysis and computer scientists in order to drive a data based approach in polymer science.
For details about the institute, please visit the website at
- multinational work environment with over 1,000 colleagues from more than 50 nations
- extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
- flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
- excellent infrastructure, including a scientific in-house library as well as modern work spaces
- an appropriate salary related to the German public tariff (TV-AVH) plus the usual social benefits for the public employment sector
The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.
Interested?Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number 2020/B 21 .
Please start the online application process for this offered position via category Career & Campus .
Closing date: January 3rd, 2021
Contact: Ms. Vera Milkereit